He only has a saddle on his back once a week and is considered too unsound even for the beach, but a horse that has endured surgeries on both knees is fuelling Robert Price's slashing start to the new racing season.
The respected horseman has prepared nine winners in the opening two months of the new season - almost half-way to matching his 2012-13 total of 19.
His winning strike rate sits at 17 per cent, the best it has been for more than a decade.
And shining brightest is the lightly raced Ivory Cognac. The horse has already taken the scalp of Epsom-bound Ecuador, and now he is shooting for four straight in the next fortnight.
"He's had surgery on both knees and we just keep him sound by swimming," Price said. "I think even the uneven surface of the sand going down to the beach would aggravate him.
"It's a real patch-up job every time he goes around, [but] he's just a super racehorse. He's like one of those real good footballers ... it doesn't matter how sound they are, they just turn up and perform.
"No-one knows any different, but he certainly must have a big heart and will to win."
A five-year-old son of Half Hennessy, Ivory Cognac has been restricted to just six starts after struggling under Luke Oliver's care in Victoria.
Price has also had his problems with the horse, but anyone would struggle to know it following a glance at his form.
"You become unorthodox when you're training a team of horses where some can be unsound," Price said.
"We've got a lovely little team of horses here.
"There's no cup winners here, but we've certainly got a group of horses that are trying hard for us and that's all you can ask from them.
"You can get the wrong impression about his soundness, but as he goes quicker, his action actually gets smoother."
Ivory Cognac's stablemate, Ramsays Curse, is another striking form at the right time of year after winning Canberra's Tony Campbell Memorial Cup last Friday, and now Price is edging Too Hi Tek towards Tuesday's rescheduled Nowra Cup (1600m).